The Art Center of Estes Park proudly presents...
Oil & Pastel Paintings
April 30 - June 7, 2021
Sponsor: Pauline Bustamante
Mary Benke is an Award-winning artist who combines the creative use of texture, color, and design to evoke emotion and a strong sense of imagery in her paintings. For "Lyrical Landscapes" she explored new techniques, creating highly textural pieces with the use of water-mixable oils, cold wax, and some unique tools including a silicon scraper and spatulas, along with brushes and palette knives.
Mary works primarily from photos of her explorations, often doing a quick color sketch on site. In the studio, she focuses on not just re-creating the scene but evoking the senses and feelings experienced when the photo/sketch was captured. Also included in this show are a few "imagined" landscapes -- places that she wishes existed but that don't, at least she hasn't found them yet.